Dating guitars by pot codes
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This means that the Pot was manufactured by CTS company in the 15th week of 1974.
In particular, the rectangular and oval consoles were fitted with 'Preh' brand volume control potentiometers - "pots", which carry a manufacture date in code on them.So, it could as well be a 1961 that has been resting on a shelf in the factory for two years before in reached Sweden, or a 1963 with potentiometers from 1961, or a 1962..? There are also many Hofner´s around stamped by local importers, with numbers that does not appear to fit into any scheme whatsoever...Recently I was sent these pictures of a 1957-58 126/Club50 bought in Australia, with 57D stamped on the top of the headstock. or more likely without any numbers at all, making it almost impossible to trace them down in terms of origin.The first three digits represent the manufacturer, the next one or two represent the year, and the last two will be the week it was made.Six digits were changed to seven starting in the 1960’s making the year two digits instead of only one.The Hofner factory did not put serial numbers on their instruments until the early seventies.
Some instruments however had the date of manufacture penciled, or stamped, on the underside of the top.
This means that if you don’t have a basic ballpark of the period an instrument was made prior to the 1960’s then Pot codes won’t really help you.
For example, the Pot codes you can make out are: 1377415.
Loosen the two screws holding the controlplate, turn it upside down and you will find some numbers.
250K is the impedance of the potentiometer, but it is the number to the right you should take a closer look at.
An example of the inaccuracy that occurs when it comes to dating, based on the different codes, is this.